10/08/13

Insects and other foods the trout
should be eating:
Hatching:
1.     Slate Drakes
2.     Little Yellow Stoneflies
3.     Needle Stoneflies
4.     Mahogany Duns
5.     Little Yellow Quills
6.     Great Autumn Brown Sedges
7.     Blue-winged Olives

Most available - Other types of food:
8.     Sculpin, Minnows (Streamers)
9.     Grasshoppers
10.   Ants
11.   Beetles
12.   Craneflies



Is Great Smoky Mountains National Park Open or Not?
If what I read on Little River Outfitter's website is true, rangers are allowing people to
walk into the park at the Townsend entrance. According to their website they were
allowed to hold a Little River fly fishing school of some type in the park yesterday.

If that is true,
and I'm not sure if it is or not, just what I read this morning on their
website, I would certainly think it  means anyone "should" be able to walk into the
park anywhere. I would think it means you could walk in the park from anywhere
along highway #441 but I guess you would have to try it to find out for sure.
I
assume there's not any official notifications stating where you can and can't
walk in.
At least I can't find any.

This may mean you could have someone drop you off at Hazel Creek or any other
creek at Fontana Lake and walk in the park and fish. I did read where the rangers
told people they were on their own if they got hurt. Don't know about you, but I've
been pretty well in that shape all my life.

If the information I read is correct, that sounds like good news. If Little River can
teach a school with their vendor license, I guess guides can guide the customers if
they have a license to guide in the park. Surely, the park wouldn't choose who can
and who can't fish.

I guess you could try calling the park service and asking them what the rules are? If
they are really shut down, you may not get an answer though.
It seems to me they
need to make it clear as to what the rules and regulations are, someway,
somehow.
I assume they have some type of management, someone in charge, or
maybe since most of them are on vacation, they don't. They will be able to pick up
their full paycheck later on when they settle the shutdown, if they ever do. Sounds
like a paid vacation to me. I'm glad they are getting paid, but  it does show just how
outright stupid our Congress members are. If that's the situation, why didn't they just
let them continue to work? I thought they were short of money. I guess that was
another lie. Those that lost business who rely on the park being open sure aren't
getting paid. Those with license to guide in the park aren't getting paid. All the motels
and dozens of other types  of facilities that rely on the park being open aren't being
re-reimbursed.

Call the National Park Service and ask them what the rules are. You may
need to try calling their office in Washington. If that doesn't work, call your
Congressman and ask him to find out for you. It may all depend on what the
meaning of is, is.

At least a dozen different out of town people planning on fishing the park as well as a
couple of locals have called me asking about alternative fishing locations. I know of
many that have cancelled their plans to fish in the park. Now it appears they can
fish. Of course, it will probably be a hell of a mess trying to determine what the rules
are. If what I read is correct about the Townsend entrance allowing visitors in the park
to fish, and you can't walk in any other entrance and fish, it seems to me the park
may be in an ever bigger mess.

I have no recommendations for anyone, short of calling your Congressman.
Copyright 2013 James Marsh
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